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— by Cameron Woodhead: This debut novel from Vietnamese poet Nguyen Phan Que Mai reveals how history may fall to the realm of literature. Perhaps that happens in any place where official accounts and lived experience diverge, but in Vietnam – where sensitive subjects (such as the executions, riots and dispossessions of Communist Land Reform) remain taboo; where colonial or occupying forces have left swathes of stories un- or re-written – the urgency and scope of literary intervention loom large…

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